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Toronto, October 12, 2007 – The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is thrilled to announce that, due to a series of fortunate events, a very special discussion is being added to the Festival line-up. In an IFOA event the whole family will enjoy, LEMONY SNICKET’s official representative Daniel Handler and Kenneth Oppell discuss books, bats, and other dark topics on Saturday October 20 at 11 am in the Premiere Dance Theatre.

Unfortunately, due to the world-wide web of conspiracy which surrounds him, the elusive Lemony Snicket, bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events and reigning master of life’s misfortunes, must often communicate with the general public through his representative, Daniel Handler. Fortunately, Kenneth Oppel, a bestselling writer since he was 17, author of the internationally bestselling Silverwing Saga, and recipient of numerous awards, is not hampered by such conspiracies, and will be representing himself.

Author and author representative discuss A Series of Unfortunate Events and Darkwing, answer questions from the audience and sign copies of their books. Kenneth Oppel also reads from his new novel, Darkwing, as part of YoungIFOA on October 25 at 1 pm.

In another turn of good IFOA fortune, the award-winning author of No Great Mischief, Alistair MacLeod, is added to the line-up for a special round table on the final afternoon of the Festival. He discusses the future of East Coast writing with fellow East Coast authors Carol Bruneau, D.R. MacDonald, Beatrice MacNeil, Bernice Morgan and moderator Larry Gaudet. More musical than the average author event, this one will be played out in style by Sandy MacIntyre and Friends on their East Coast fiddles. Saturday October 27, 4 pm, Brigantine Room.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist has been announced! IFOA congratulates shortlisted authors Elizabeth Hay, Michael Ondaatje, Daniel Poliquin, M.G. Vassanji and Alissa York and looks forward to welcoming them to read on the closing night of the Festival. The evening also includes the presentation of the Harbourfront Festival Prize, this year awarded to Christopher Dewdney. Saturday October 27, 8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.

IFOA runs October 17–27 at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Other authors appearing at IFOA and YoungIFOA this year include Isabel Allende, Seán Cullen, Will Ferguson, Helen Oyeyemi, Kit Pearson, Ian Rankin, J.K. Rowling, David Thewlis, Michael Winter and Richard B. Wright. The public may visit for complete author listings and schedule.

For more information or to purchase tickets the public may call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000, or purchase online at

Tickets to most events cost $15 for the general public and $12 for members. For students with valid ID, tickets are free (where available) and for members of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada, IFOA is pleased to offer a 50% discount. Some exceptions for specific events apply.

Tickets to YoungIFOA are free. Please call Harbourfront Centre’s School Visits department for details: 416.973.4091.

Since its inception in 1974, International Readings at Harbourfront (IRAH) has hosted more than 5,000 authors from 100 countries, including fourteen Nobel Laureates. Our season includes the weekly International Readings at Harbourfront (IRAH); the annual International Festival of Authors (October 17–27, 2007), including YoungIFOA (October 23–26, 2007); the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (February 12–16, 2008); and A Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees (May 21–22, 2008).


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The 28th annual International Festival of Authors now has a media website where you can download author photos and book covers plus get biographical info and event times. The IFOA media site has our event releases and festival backgrounders and we will be posting photos of select Festival events as they occur. The site is located at

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